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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Chunce of light snow through Saturday. Lows In (ecus. Highs Satur- day In 20s. CITY FINAL 10 CENTS VOLUME 92 NUMBER 30 CEDAR RAPIDS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Half-Cent Sales Tax Learning the Hard Way Teleoholo Winrry weather along Illinois Highway 17 near Kankakee gave the driver of this training semi- trailer truck some practice under emergency conditions when the vehicle slid off the road. Simon Hits Truck Fuel Rollback WASHINGTON (UPI) Fed- eral Energy Chief William Si- mon Friday, all but .ruled out a diesel fuel price manded by striking truck driv- ers as part of an agreement the government hoped would start the big rigs rolling again. Independent drivers split Fri- day over accepting the govern- ment agreement hammered out (Photos on Picture Page) Thursday. A large segment of the loosely organized truckers still demanded a rollback. But, Simon said on CBS' "Morning "a rollback in itself is counterproductive just the most unproductive thing in the world" because it would discourage domestic ex- ploration and exploitation of new oil resources." In Washington Friday, Atty. Gen. .Saxbe said the justice department is investigating 10 potential anti-trust conspiracy cases concerning individuals and organizations involved in the strike. At a White House news con- ference, Saxbe said the FBI is seeking information about some of the strike leaders, how they became leaders, their ties if any to organized labor and their financing. Violence Fell The violence that marked the nine days of protest fell off after announcement of the agreement, but authorities in at least eight states Friday report- ed shootings or vandalism had occurred again during the night. Police, said two drivers were shot in Ohio early Friday. One was standing next to bis rig on the Ohio turnpike and the other was driving a tank truck in a' convoy. One of the two remained hospitalized in satisfactory con- dition. Two truckers reported being shot at while driving on the New York State thriiway, Ihe first such incidents in that stale, and Today's Index Comics .....................21 Courthouse ..................3 Crossword ..................21 Daily Kccoril ................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features...........0 Kami ......................U Financial ..................22 Marlon ....................20 Movies................. Society Sports ...................15-17 Stale Television ..........'........13 t another driver suffered a super- ficial arm wound while on the road in Pennsylvania's Franklin County.-Four trucks were report- ed hit by sniper's bullets in Ar- izona. George Rynn, president of the Council of Independent Truck- ers, turned his Barberton, Ohio office into an armed camp Thursday night after he re- ceived an anonymous call warn- ing that a Teamsters goon squad was enroute from Pitts- burgh to break up the strike. "All you guys that don't have weapons, either get them or said Rynn. "The only thing I can say to the Teamsters is come on, come on. If they want it, they're going to get it." Thousands of drivers rallied largely around the men and groups, which touched -off .tjie They i vowed1 to kee'p their rigs parked until they get lower diesel fuel .prices. That was the demand which started the strike movement; "I think we are a long way from ending this said strike leader J. W. "River Rat" Edwards in Kansas City. "'As long as Ihe government refuses to talk sense, we won't either." And 500 strikers attending a meeting with Edwards Thursday night vowed to stay shut down. Flexing Strength So did drivers attending Thursday night meetings in Jo- plin, Mo.; Branford, Conn.; Wildwood, Fla.; Coates, Minn.; Palmyra, 111.; Moorhead, Minn.; Glasgow, Del.; Phoenix; and flex ttieuj.strength, some of the protesting drivers went put anc closed down more truck stop. Thursday night. Pennsylvania Gov. Milton Sh'app, the self-appointed medi ator who initiated the' Washing ton settlement talks, vowed t visit dissident independents t explain the agreement to them and get them rolling again Others favoring the settlemen agreed to in Washington earlj Thursday planned to do like vise. Up but Lower State police in at least 1( (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) New York Imposes Rationing By Associated Press With the federal government still undecided on imposing na- tionwide gasoline rationing, an increasing number of states are implementing controls on their own. New York on Thursday, be- came the sixth state to adopt a voluntary alternate-day ration- ing program. Five other states are considering programs to al- leviate the fuel shortage. In addition, numerous locali- les have enacted such plans. In telegrams to the nation's [overnors, federal energy chief William Simon said states should consider alternate-day programs if state problems are severe. Federal Reluctance However, Simon's deputy, John Sawhill, said the federal government is reluctant to im- pose nationwide rationing on grounds that only a few states have serious gasoline problems. The six state rationing plans involve selling gasoline, to drivers with even-numbered li- cense plates only on even num- bered days and to drivers with odd-numbered plates' on odd- numbered days. This plan is in effect in Ore- gon and Hawaii and goes into effect Monday in Mas- Terrorists Release 12, Fly to Sanctuary KUWAIT (AP) r- Five masked terrorists freed a trem- )Iing Japanese ambassador and 11 other hostages Friday, board- ed a jetliner carrying four other juerillas and took off, apparent- ly for South Yemen. The Japanese foreign ministry and the Iraqui news agency ootli said South Yemen's Marx- ist government agreed to let the plane land at Aden, miles south of this Persian gulf sheik lorn. Abortive Attempt The Japanese airliner brought .lie four oilier terrorists from Singapore, where Ihey were iolcd up on n ferryboat for iioru than a week aflcr nn abor- tive attempt (n (ilow up an oil refinery. The lerrorisls In Krnvnll seined I he Japanese embassy Wednesday and demanded the Singsporc guerillas be flown here. The embassy hostages were not harmed. Ambassador Ryokoo Isbika- wa, unshaven, tired and shaking with tension, spoke lo newsmen after a conference with Foricgn Minister Sabah el Ahmed. "As you see, I am in good health because of the efforts of Kuwaiti government he said. "I Ihnnk Ihc govern- ment and people of Kuwait and Japan for all they hiive done to secure our release." All Arabs Kniad Thnhct, nn Egyptian as- sistant lo the commercial atta- che, said all Ihc lerrorisls were Arnlw mid nil were men, dc- apllo curlier reports Unit one II.) sachusetts, New York am Washington. A plan scheduled tc go into effect Monday in Mary land has been delayed at leas until Tuesday for a public hear ing. The emergency energy bill which would authorize Presiden Nixon to impose nationwide ra tioning, came up for senate de bate Thursday for the' third time. Majority Leader Mike Mans field said he would attempt t  group reported, oil imports may actually increase in February and March. For the first quarter of 197-1 Ihe group said, Ihc U.S. ma> face an 11 percent oil shortage instead of the 14 percent pro dieted only last December. The report was made lo the Emergency Petroleum Supplj Committee an oil industr; advisory group with a govern men! official as Its chairman by one of its subcommittees, 'Waller Ulilc, n retired Cnltcx vice-president who presentee the subcommittee report, snk Col. 3.) Terrorists Say Coed Is "Prisoner of War' By Frank Nye DBS MOINES The Iowa louse ways-means committee Friday cleared the senate bill repealing the sales tax on food prescription drugs and prosthe- ic devices for floor debate, 24 02. The action came after Rep. David Stanley chairman, ruled "not germane" out of order a proposed amendment to reduce the 3 per- cent sales tax to percent without exempting any items. Rep. Glen Bortell (R-St. Charles) then moved to sus- pend the rules so the 2 per- cent amendment, which he said is backed by at least 42 house members, could be de- bated. But his motion lost, 21 to 7. Bortell, promising to offer the amendment when the bill comes up for debate in the house probably next week said ex- empting the 3 percent tax from food, drugs and prosthetic de- vices would mean the. end ol small town "mom and pop" grocery stores. "Wait in Line" People would have to wait in line while the taxable items separated; (from ,the -non- taxable ones, he said, and pie just don't like to wait." They'll have to wait in super markets too, he said, ever though they can afford to make cash register changes to sepa rate taxable and non-taxable items faster than small stores. Rep. Lowell Norland (D- who lives near the Minnesota border, disagreed that small town grocers can't adapt. Iowa grocers will manage to adapt, he said, "when their own interest is involved by having to meet competition .from border states like Minnesota which do not tax food." Rep. Horace Daggett (R- who cast one of the two "no" votes on the bill said its repeal would create "more loop- holes" in the law by opening the door to even more exemp- tions from the sales tax in the future. Off the Hook "I have no squabble with the Daggett said, "but I think we would be doing him a favor to take him off the hook on this bill. :'We don't know where the ex- emptions are going to start 01 where they are going to end. I being jammed down oui throats." Gov. Robert Ray, a Rcpubli can, surprised the legislature last Jan. 15 when he asked for repeal of the sales tax on foods and prcscriplion drugs, whicr will cost the stale about million a year he e.aid could be made up from the more than million surplus expected by June 30. The senate added "prosthetic devices'1 such as Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) An underground terrorist group says it is holding kidnaped Pa- tricia Hearst as a prisoner and will execute the newspaper heiress if efforts are made to rescue her. The Hearst family awaited further word from the mysteri- ous Symbionese Liberation Army, which claimed responsi- bility for the abduction in a communique Thursday. It of- fered a gasoline credit card belonging to the girl's father as proof it held the 19-year-old coed as a "prisoner of war." Her father is Randolph A. learst, president and editor of he San Francisco Examiner. The communique called him "a corporate enemy of the people." In Letter to Station its letter Thursday to Berkeley radio station KPFA, he radical group claimed the ;irl was alive and unharmed. 3ut it added: "Should any attempt be made by authorities to rescue the pris- oner, or to arrest or harm any S.L.A. elements, the prisoner i: to be executed." Miss Hearst, a University o! California student, was kid- naped Monday night from her Berkeley townhouse in a flurry of gunfire. The same group has said i was responsible for the cyanide- bullet assassination of Marcus Foster, black superintendent o Oakland schools, Nov. 6. At tha time, .it vowed vengeance on "the Fascist state." No Ransom Demand The group's only demam Thursday was that the letter hi published in full. "No demand for ransom o any kind, whether it be an ex change of people or a money demand, has been said Jack Cooke, a spokesman for the Hearst family. The typewritten letter, labeled "Communique No. 3, Feb. 4, said "Further communi- cations will follow." Hearst said, "I just hope whatever demands they make are of a kind that are possible to fulfill." The FBI said it would take no action without the family's ap- proval. Two Charged Two self proclaimed S.L.A. members, Joseph Remiro and tusscll Little, have been "barged with Foster's murder1 md are held without bail. Attorney General William B. 5axbe suggested in Washington 'hursday that the violence that ias gripped the San Francisco ay area since then might spread to the East. But he said ie had no real evidence that would happen. "This kidnaping has got more overtones than just a kidnaping, with the violence 'that has been lappening out in San Francis- he said. Saxbe said there is reason to relieve the S.L.A. may be in- volved in a string of 12 ap- larently motiveless murders in ,he bay area in recent months. Berkeley police said they had no evidence to support Saxbe's (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Trio Safely Back After Trip ABOARD THE USS NEW OR- LEANS (AP) Skylab 3's as- .ronauts came safely r o m man's longest home space C.R. Man Dies In Collision of Car and Truck cedar Rapids A 41-year-old Cedar Rapids man died of head injuries suf- fered shortly before pirn. Thursday when his car and a semi-trailer truck collided near- (Photos on Picture Page) headon in the 6900 block of Sixth street SW. Frederick Charles Snyder, 2435 Forty-second street NE, was dead on arrival at Mercy hospital following the accident. Police said Snyder's car w a s northbound when it crossed the center line and hit the left front of a truck driven by Lawrence E. Sqiiier, 51, Rockford. After the collision the truck ran off the road and into a field (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Judge Denies Panel Bid for 5 Nixon Tapes WASHINGTON (AP) A fed- eral judge Friday dismissed the senate Watergate committee's request for a court order direct- ing President Nixon to give it five tapes. "The committee has not es- tablished by a preponderence of the evidence that'll is entitled at this particular time to an in- junction directing the President to comply with its subpoena for the five tape U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell ruled. "The application of the Pres- ident's counsel for dismissal of the complaint is granted." It was the second time the committee has been rebuffed in an effort to gain court backing for its fight for the Watergate tapes. Report Delayed The committee, bowing to the wishes of Leon Paworski, speci- al prosecutor, voted Thursday to delay its final report for three months, until May 28. It will ask the senate to ex- tend its life three months from its current Feb. 28 deadline and to appropriate an additional for its work. The com- mittee already has received million from the senate. At an executive session of the panel Thursday, Sen. Howard Baker asked that a new probe be launched into CIA involve- ment in Watergate. Baker, after asking the com- mittee staff to leave the meet- ing, asked for a probe of charges the CIA was more deep- ly involved in the breakin-and bugging than has been testified to so far, informed sources re- ported. Jaworski Request While committee members were hesitant to comment, Sen. Lowell Weicker said "there was an involvement, there will ba a (Continued: Page 3, Col. C.) voyage Thursday, splashing down with pinpoint precision in he Pacific'ocean after 84 days !n orbit. It was the final Skylab mission and it will be at least another decade before America attempts another long-term space flight. The Apollo taxi ship carrying !erald Carr, William Pogue, and Edward Gibson parachuted nto the sea 3.4 miles from this recovery ship to climax a record flight which one space agency official said proved "America can do anything in manned space flight that it so desires." Hoisted Aboard A crane hoisted the Apollo, with the astronauts inside, aboard an aircraft elevator on this ship at a.m. ly 39 minutes after spashdown. The hatch was opened a few minutes later and the astro- nauts' smiling faces popped into view. A NASA doctor entered the command module and. took blood pressures before permit- ting the astronauts to leave the spacecraft for 6% hours of med- ical tests. During nearly three months in space, the 'astronauts- had cir- cled the globe times, trav- eled 34y2-million miles and gath- ered.-a wealth scientific and medical data on man, -his earth and his solar system. The astronauts hit- gentle waters 176 miles southwest "of San Diego, Calif., at a.m. CDT after a journey of 84 days, one hour and 16 minutes, break- ing the previous Skylab 2 record of days. With visibility of 10 No Delay in British Strike LONDON (AP) Britain's' coal millers Friday rejected a last-minute pica from Prime Minister Heath to put off their strike until after Ihc Fob! 28 na- tional elections. Union leaders decided instead to call out Ihe nation's miners on schedule at midnight Saturday, raising the specter of widespread electricity cuts dur- ing the three-week election cn- mapign and paralysis of British industry by spring. The miners' walkout is now expected to strengthen Hie election prospects of Heath's Conservatives who plmi a campaign on the, issue of who runs Hrllntn (he elected government or strike-prone trade unions. Whatever Ihc political advan- tage, leaders of all parties in parliament had agreed that postponement of the strike would bo in the national inter- est. The decision to go ahead with Ihe strike was made by Ihc 27- man Executive of the National Union of Minoworkers. Sid Vin- cent, Lancashire area secre- tary, told newsmen after the meeting that the vote was al- most unanimous. Vincent said Hint Gormley, the union's relatively moderate president, had favored a strike postpone- ment. Heath who has been standing firm against the miners' wage demands, coupled his announce- ment Thursday of the election with an appeal for postpone- ment of the strike. The govern- ment hinted that if Ihe strike was postponed, industries that have been on three-day work week since Jan. 1 to save power will be permitted lo operate four or five clays a week. Economists say that if the short weeks conlinue, Ihey will start taking heavy financial toll at Ihc end of February. By then, they say, many firms that have survived despite Iwo months of money losses will be forced lo close, throwing millions out of work. hundreds of white-clad miles, sailors on the deck of the New Orleans had a ringside view of the land- ing. Beautiful Sight "What a beautiful Commander Carr reported as the spacecraft descended to- ward touchdown. About 90 minutes before the landing, Mission Control dis- plays indicated a leak in one system of jet thrusters which steer the Apollo, through re- entry. Controllers told the astronauts to use a second system which operated perfectly. "We are go for the control center said. "So are Carr said. "That's an Mission Control commented. "We're undocked; we're doing great and we're ready to Carr reported as the two vein- cles separated 270 miles above the Atlantic in contact with the Bermuda tracking station. Exposure to Space During 'the 25-minule flyaround inspection, the astro- nauts observed and photo- graphed color and other changes resulting .from the sta- tion's nine-month exposure to the space environment. Mission Control experts espe- cially wanted information on two makeshift sunshades that (he Skylab 1 and 2 crews erect- ed to cool the lab after a heal shield lore loose on launching. "I lell you this vehicle sure looks like it's been worked Gibson commented. Then, in a nostalgic vein, he added: "That was a real useful machine. I hale to think we're the last guys to use it... The only thing to look forward to is a bigger and better one." Scientists will be kept busy for years assessing the informa- 3, Col. 6.) Today's Chuckle Sign in front of a clock shop: "There's no present like the lime." -copvrioiit   

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